Thomas and Walker play a lot of golf together. The two were on the practice range earlier this week when Thomas told Walker that he distinctly noticed a different sound coming off the clubface.
“He’s like, ‘it’s a little different,’ and he just handed it to me,” Thomas said Friday after putting the finishing touches on a second consecutive 67 to tie for the SBS Tournament of Champions lead with Ryan Moore.
“That’s when I put it on the ground and I was like, ‘is this really short?’”
Walker sawed down a driver shaft to 42 inches a few weeks ago and loved hitting it so much that he had Titleist make him a club to bring to Hawaii for a two-week stretch.
Thomas drives the ball miles, especially for someone so slight of build. But over the past couple years when he misses a fairway it tends to get ugly. He joked about a round at last year’s Memorial where he was paired with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. Thomas hit a few missiles so far left that Spieth and McIlroy still give him grief to this day.
“It’s just something my dad and I have worked on, and just trying to get more consistent,” Thomas said. “If I have one miss or if it’s a smaller miss, then I can at least play it or go from there. But when I’m getting in the end here and it’s going 40 [yards] right and 40 left, then that’s when we’re re-teeing once a round and I don’t want that.”